Bolton Appoint Coach to Lead Relaunched Reserve Team

  • July 02, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt has added to his backroom team at Bolton with the appointment of Sam Hird as first-team coach.

Hird, who recently called time on a playing career which saw him accumulate 479 appearances, spent the second-half of last season as a player-coach at Barrow, where he assisted Rob Kelly following the pre-Christmas departure of David Dunn.

The 33-year-old will also oversee the return of reserve-team football at Wanderers, which will give opportunities to the likes of Matthew Alexander, Ronan Darcy, Adam Senior and a number of other players who found themselves frozen out following the dispansion of the under-23 side last summer.

Speaking to, Hird said: "Coaching was something that always interested me as I went through my career.

"I played with the manager at Chesterfield and I was lucky enough to play at Barrow where we had a good group of lads and success under him and his staff.

"Halfway through last season I transitioned onto the staff side of things and when Rob Kelly took over early in the New Year he asked me to assist him. To keep Barrow in the Football League from when Rob took over - they were second from bottom - was a good learning curve for me.

"That stood me in good stead and then I got a call from Ian asking if I would like to join his staff as the first team coach.

"It was an easy decision for me to make. He's built such a great culture at the football club and you can certainly see why they got promoted last season.

"It's a great group of staff, great group of players and I'm really looking forward to coming in and helping to add to the success the club enjoyed last season."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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